Disney's The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Game Break Disney Interactive 1998

This is a fun game, but I think only one of its four selections will really find a lot of long-term play with the youngsters in your home. The best selection by far is the Paddle Bash, which we played forever. It's a mixture of Pong and Breakout. Each player has a paddle on either side of the screen (like Pong) and must break rocks and blocks (like Breakout)in order to get to the planks which are needed by Timon and Pumbaa to build a bridge to reach a rock on which rests a tasty snack of the bug variety. Each player is in control of one of them, and whoever gets their bridge finished first wins that round. When playing against the computer, you must score more points than it to move to the next round. This game is a lot of fun, and each round introduces more and more complexity. Pretty soon you encounter bricks which can be broken after a few hits as well as bricks which are unbreakable. You're both paddling against the same group of planks and blocks in the center of the screen, so your ball can go through an opening and be used by the other player to gain some ground while you wait for it to come back or for him to send his ball to you. It's a very smart twist on two old but great games, and I think that's why it's so much fun. Swampberry Sling, in which you fling berries with a slingshot at various targets, is enjoyable but repetitive after a while. The same with Conga Longa, in which you must gather animals into a conga line. Different animals earn different bonuses in each level and they increase in number as you progress, but it's not that difficult. The final selection, Cub Chase, is probably the second best one. In it you must evade Timon and Pumbaa, who are your babysitters, while leaving tracks throughout a maze. Once you've left tracks on all the paths you can head for the exit and the next maze. This has some gameplay dynamics which are similar to Pac-Man, and that aspect makes it a fun game. For example, you can grab a hyena mask and scare the babysitters, which confuses them for a while, or you can run through a mud puddle to disguise yourself. Each maze is different, which adds to the complexity. Overall, this is a title which kids will enjoy, but only one or two of the four selections will keep them putting this CD back in the drive.
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